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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Wednesday
Lining up with Jagr & Benn is doing wonders for Brenden Morrow as he potted two goals last night and has 3+2=5 over his last five games. He's likely available in a good percentage of leagues and would be a decent add as he'll give you some PIMs & hits as well but just remember that he's pretty fragile and this could all go poof at any moment.
Don't poke the bear... that's an expression that is used when it comes to Jarome Iginla and his former teammate Rhett Warriner did the Flames a favour as he did the poking on Calgary radio recently saying that Iginla has essentially lost it. Iggy obviously caught that as he engaged in fisticuffs (seven PIMs) and had two assists in the Flames big win. He has just one goal on the season but I wouldn't be too concerned about him yet as he's converting on just 2.3% of his shots and that will likely increase five-fold by the time the season is over.
The Flames' Czech-mates Jiri Hudler & Roman Cervenka (see what I just did there?) both scored last night to extend their fine form and Cervenka had chances to put away a few more. Hudler now has 4+5=9 in eight games on the season and Cervenka has 2+2=4 in his last four games as he appears to be getting more comfortable.
Breaking news: Paul Martin does not suck... well so far this year, at least. He had two assists to go along with six PIMs last night and saw 7:31 of PP time on the top unit with Sid, Geno & friends. He has five assists to show for his last six games but his value is a little limited as he never really helps much in the peripheral cats.
The Real Deal James Neal with a pair last night to give him five in his last five games and 10 on the season, so one back of Vanek in the Rocket Richard trophy race.
Even before his OT winner last night I was noting Alexander Steen's production of late as he has goals in three straight and points in six of his last seven (3+5=8, five PPPs & 33 shots).
I think Sev has been pushing Chris Stewart for a bounceback this year and so far that is looking wise as Stewie had two points last night and has 2+3=5 in his last three games. He is averaging 2:43/gm on the PP, up from 1:33/gm last season and he has already exceeded the four PPPs that he had all of last season.
Jake Allen was victorious in his first NHL start as he only faced 18 shots (15 saves). With Halak out and Elliott struggling, it could be Allen's net for a while.
A surprising source of production from the backend lately has been Jonathan Ericsson as he has 2+4=6 & plus-6 over his last seven games. His ice-time is up this year (21 mpg) but I wouldn't expect the points to continue as he doesn't shoot much and barely gets any PP time.
The Jets were involved in a couple of trades yesterday, essentially swapping out Alexei Ponikarovsky for Eric Tangradi. Poni goes back to the Devils after being a total bust in Winnipeg (just two goals & under 12 mpg) whereas the Penguins are throwing in the towel on Tangradi. I'm not a Tangradi fan, he was way overhyped and has never delivered much of anything... I'm not hopeful that he'll pick it up in Winnipeg.